'Prevention is better than cure' theme at sports injury conference

Over one hundred people attended the first annual Sports Injury Prevention Conference at the Livinghealth Clinic in Mitchelstown last Saturday. The delegates attended a series of five workshops throughout the morning.

Over one hundred people attended the first annual Sports Injury Prevention Conference at the Livinghealth Clinic in Mitchelstown last Saturday. The delegates attended a series of five workshops throughout the morning.

Dr. Eanna Falvey, Sports Physician and Team Doctor to the Ireland Rugby Squad, gave a highly informative workshop regarding common sporting injuries. One of the topics covered by Dr. Falvey was anterior cruciate ligament injury which can be a season ending injury. It is important to focus on proper techniques such as good posture, core stability etc. to try and prevent such an injury occurring.

Dr. Ger Hayes, team Doctor to the Ireland U16 Soccer Squad, said the aim of his workshop was to increase awareness about sideline concussion. All delegates received a sideline concussion assessment tool (Pocket SCAT2) to aid in recognising the signs of concussion. Surprisingly an upper body tackle can be enough to cause concussion.

Gildas Raphalen, Chartered Physiotherapist at Livinghealth Clinic explained that many sport injuries can be prevented by incorporating specific exercises during preseason training. He explained how to reduce the risk of crucial ligament injuries, hamstring tears and other common injuries that occur. Delegates were treated to a demonstration of these exercises in the Livinghealth Gym. Gildas concluded that injury is part of sport but the benefits of exercising are hugely beneficial and outweigh any risks involved.

Ruth Reidy Sports Nutritionist explained how important nutrition is in training. It can have an impact on performance, tolerance of training, prevention of fatigue and tiredness after match, training etc.

The event concluded with an address from hurling legend Nicky English who spoke about the treatment of injuries in his day in comparison to the knowledge and help that there is available in today's sporting world. The important message was if injured take the time to rehab properly rather than returning to sport too soon and in turn making an already existing injury worse. Nicky also regaled the crowd with highly entertaining memories from his sporting days.

Speaking after the event Dr. Tom O'Callaghan said he was delighted with the turnout at the event and the feedback from the delegates. "Today has been very positive. I hope that we have given valuable help and advice to all those who attended and we look forward to supporting this Conference again next year".